So, spring break is almost here and you haven’t made any travel plans. Is it too late to put together a reasonably priced trip? Not necessarily, say experts. As always, it depends on where you go, when you go and what you want to do.
Here are a few tips from travel experts for making last-minute plans for spring break that won’t cost you a fortune.
Travel website Hipmunk suggests the following deal destinations during spring break which have average round-trip airfares under $400 during spring break season. Consider one of these destinations if you’re looking to save money on air travel:
- Myrtle Beach – $280
- Las Vegas – $327
- Ft Lauderdale – $331
- Los Angeles – $339
- Miami – $361
Avoid destinations such as Key West, Cancun and Costa Rica which have average round-trip airfares of more than $500 during the same time period. Hipmunk experts say the most affordable, family-friendly destinations are Myrtle Beach and Los Angeles.
For accommodations, look for special Spring Break packages in less traditional spring break destinations.
For example, you can head to Toronto and take advantage of the April Showers package at the InterContinental Toronto Centre. Starting at $199 per night you get overnight accommodations, complimentary upgrade to the next room category, a free $25 pre-paid credit card, free InterContinental Toronto Centre umbrella, free WIFI and daily buffet breakfast for two adults at Azure Restaurant & Bar.
Or head to Newark and join the cherry blossom festival on April 11. The Cherry Blossom Package at the Hotel Indigo Newark Downtown Newark starts at $135. The package, offered for April 11th – 22nd, will include transportation to and from Branch Brook Park (where cherry blossoms are showcased) and complimentary chocolate covered cherries.
Travelers looking for an international getaway may be in luck. Though travel to Europe isn’t exactly cheap, there are ways to fly for less. Airfarewatchdog President, George Hobica, suggests that you concentrate on crossing the Atlantic as cheaply as possible, then look at discount European airlines like easyJet for onward flights. Just be sure you leave plenty of time for connections (or possibly even an overnight stay).
Save money by paying for your airfare in Euros versus dollars on the airline website. For example, Norwegian recently had LA to Copenhagen for $405 round-trip for October travel, but in dollars converted from Euros at $1.05/Euro, it was $340.
For accommodations abroad, check websites such as Tingo.com. If the hotel rate goes down after you book, it refunds the price difference to your credit card automatically. Flash sale sites like Jetsetter.com can save you money, but check the hotel’s website to see the rate if you were to buy there instead.